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Good News Bible: With Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha [Good News Translation] Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Today's English Version. Second Edition. 1992. Publisher: American Bible Society.
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Second, most important: This is a 20th century translation of the Bible, very pointedly based on the best editions of the original languages and carefully done to accurately translate the meanings into clear modern English. In fact, the English was intended to be clear to people whose education in that language might have been considerably less than that needed to figure out the stilted Elizabethan diction of the old King James Version. This version is excellent for teachers, for children and young adults. I made a point of getting the edition that included the Apocrypha. I have always found it accurate and reliable.
This Good News Bible has been a favorite of mine for my entire life as it is the Bible that led me to Christ back in 1978. I had been raised with the King James version and could never understand it well enough to find Christ and what He wanted from me.
I highly recommend this Bible. It is not a commentary nor "message" bible, but is a verse by verse bible whose verses can be compared in meaning to the King James or any other bible out there. When you understand what you read, you will then know if what you are being taught by others is scripturally sound and as God intended for us to know, as well as knowing that what we teach others is Scripturally true.
God bless you.
Amazon's description is inanaccurate, however. If you need the Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha, this version in burgundy does not contain it. There are two versions sold by Amazon -- one with a blue cover and one with a burgundy cover. Both are marked as containing the Apocrypha. I bought the one that cost a little more assuming that it did contain the apocrypha, but it did not. I don't know if the blue cover version does contain them, but since it is less expensive I doubt it. I brought the mislabeling to Amazon's attention so I hope they correct the problem.
With or without the Apocrypha, I highly recommend this as an addition to anyone's Bible library.